Linking Borderlands

Hybrid Borderlands

American Studies Graduate Forum

Master's Program in Border Studies

UniGR-Center for Border Studies

Working Group Bordertextures

Forum Geschlechterforschung


Zertifikat "Angewandte Pop-Studien"

IRTG 1864/2 "Diversity"


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Call for Panels

»Popular Cultures«

8th annual conference of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (KWG)

Saarland University, 27–30 September 2023

A serious interest in academic research on the ›popular‹ arose probably mainly out of the critical consciousness of the »Cultural Studies«, when from the 1960s onwards, ›other‹ aesthetics and practices increasingly caught the attention of scholars. It was particularly the search for cultural artifacts which reproduce social norms and hierarchies in the (mass) media sphere that promoted a first critical examination of advertising or soap operas, of ›trivial‹ literature or comics, of television series or pop music. The fact that popular products - especially since the beginning of modernity have been more widely received than the supposedly ›high-quality‹, intellectual works of art supported by elitist bourgeois institutions, had until then been pushed into the background by an uncritical canonization and the one-sided aggrandizement of high culture. Yet the skepticism and even rejection of the ›popular‹, often accused of a schematic, innovationless culture industry (»Kulturindustrie«) following capitalist principles, is countered by a multiplicity of different aesthetics, media, and practices: Pop art and pop music, for example, also (self-)critically reflect their mass character; pop literature writing creates a comprehensive archive of everyday life and brands; and fan fiction or cosplay enable the participation of the otherwise passive recipient. In the meantime, the academic debate of popular aesthetics and practices - already institutionalized at universities as »Popular Culture Studies« - has become an integral part of Kulturwissenschaften/Cultural Studies in its broadest sense.

The focus of the conference will be on cultural studies questions both from historical and contemporary as well as from synchronic and asynchronous perspectives. Possible topics for panels and papers include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Theories of the ›popular‹ as well as methodological approaches to the study/analysis of popular culture(s)

• Issues of race, class, gender, and diversity as they relate to popular culture(s)

• Analysis of specific media, materials, practices, or aesthetics of the ›popular‹

• Examination of the relationships, influences, and interdependencies between the ›popular‹ and the ›high-brow‹ or ›subcultural‹

• Manifestations of the ›popular‹ outside European and North American cultures

• etc.

How to apply: The duration of a panel is 120 minutes and should include 3-4 talks/papers. Panel proposals can be submitted to the organizers by 15 October 2022 and should include an abstract (approx. 300-500 words) as well as a short biobibliographical note of the organizers. Feedback on your abstract can then be expected promptly. For organizational reasons, the list of presenters within the panels as well as the abstracts must then be received no later than 31 January 2023, so that we can seek (partial) travel funding for participants from outside of Germany. There will be separate time-slots reserved within the program for KWG section meetings; likewise, a student section is planned within the annual meeting.


Astrid M. Fellner (

Jonas Nesselhauf (

Global Classroom Ukraine-Saarland

in collaboration with DAI Saarland


We are very proud and grateful that our project "Global Classroom Ukraine-Saarland" has been granted and we're looking forward to a series of exciting events in collaboration with the German-American Institute DAI Saarland, taking place in the fall and winter of 2022.

Thank you very much to the U.S. Embassy in Germany for providing us with the necessary funds to realize this project!

Borders in Crisis: Discursive, Narrative, and Mediatic Border Struggles in Ukraine, Europe, and North America

funded by Volkswagen Foundation

Research project, Volkswagen Foundation funding line for displaced Ukrainian scholars, 2022-2023


As some have stated, Russia’s war in Ukraine is (supposedly) not so much about borders as it is about identity. We interpret this affirmation, which clearly is based on a rather narrow understanding of the concept of the ‘border,’ as an attempt, not to downplay the violent aggression on Ukrainian territory, but rather to highlight the particular role questions of identity play in this war, which is fought out also in the cultural sphere – in the realms of language, media, history, as well as cultural productions and sites, ranging from language policies, semiotic warfare and the censoring of media content, to the very material shelling of cultural sites.
Given the particular role of cultural productions in this war, and furthermore anticipating a rich cultural production emerging from the trauma of this war and the flight and displacement of millions of Ukrainians, we aim at shedding light onto the cultural construction of Ukrainian borders through an intertwined analysis of discursive, narrative, and mediatic negotiations of Ukrainian-European and Ukrainian-North American identities. Analyzing and interpreting constructions of national identities without falling into the trap of nationalism requires intertwined perspectives also across borders.
With this aim, we bring together shared expertise from literary and cultural studies, media studies, and linguistics in the fields of transnational American Studies as well as European Studies, and specifically Ukrainian Studies under the roof of Border Studies. The UniGR-Center for Border Studies and its local branch at Saarland University with its strong focus on cultural and linguistic border studies and its long history of collaboration with colleagues at Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, offers a fertile ground for our Ukrainian partners and the development of our joint research.

Work Packages:

  • WP I: Crossing Borders: Ukrainian Diasporic Literature
  • WP II: Cultural Border Policies in Ukrainian and Polish Literature
  • WP III: Cultural Construction of Ukrainian Borders in Populist Discourses
  • WP IV: Literary Representations of Displaced Ukrainian and North American Children.

Studybridge Ukraine-Saar

funded by DAAD


DAAD funding line Ukraine digital: Ensuring academic success in times of crisis, 2022

With this project Saarland university aims to support the partner universities in Ukraine in their ongoing teaching as well to develop common courses/modules/study offers and offer double degrees. The cooperation covers several departments from 4 faculties (Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences) and includes online teaching, trainings, study and research stays. The objectives are not only to support the current online teaching but also to develop new courses and to work on topics relevant for the period after the war, i.e. in the sector of entrepreneurship, in the field of European, International but also Criminal and Economic Law. Students and researchers will be prepared after their return to work on the (re)building of universities’ structures and teaching programmes continuing the cooperation with Saarland university and other EU partners.

Digitalisation of the most important foreign language degree programs
The Faculty of Philosophy at Saarland University is planning a project with its long-standing cooperation partners at Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University. The project focuses on the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in German, English, and Spanish languages that are among the most important languages of communication and trade both within Europe and globally. To cope with the workload, we formed three project groups: German Studies, English/American Studies and Romance Studies. In each group, a chair of the SU cooperates with a colleague who has remained in Ukraine as well as other Ukrainian students, doctoral candidates and teachers who have remained in Ukraine or fled to Europe.

Measures NamLitCult is involved in:

  • Measure 1: Digital infrastructure for virtual teaching and research
  • Measure 2: Visit and supervision of Ukrainian researchers
  • Measure 12: Student mobility in winter semester
  • Measure 14: Concept development of degree programmes BA/MA in modern philologies
  • Measure 15: Course design for BA/MA in modern philologies
  • Measure 16: Creation of structures for ensuring the sustainability

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor Alina Mozolevska

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor

Dr. Alina Mozolevska (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolayiv)

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) and the Team of North American Literary and Cultural Studies (NamLitCult) at Saarland University are happy and proud to welcome Dr. Alina Mozolevska (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, Mykolayiv) as the current UniGR-CBS Guest Professor in Border Studies. Good to have you here, Alina!

In April and May 2022, Alina Mozolevska from Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University in Mykolayiv, Ukraine will take over the UniGR-Center for Border Studies guest professorship at Saarland University. Alina Mozolevska is an associate professor at the Institute of Philology at Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. She has a PhD in Linguistics with a major in Romance Languages from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine (2014). Alina is a member of the Association des professeurs de Français d'Ukraine and La Asociación de Hispanistas de Ucrania. Her research interests include Media Studies, Border studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, and Text Linguistics.

The results of her research stay at the UniGR-Center for Border Studies will be published in the UniGR-CBS Working Paper series. Furthermore, his stay is meant to increase and strengthen the cooperation between her and Prof. Fellner and the UniGR-Center for Border Studies.

Dr. Mozolevska will give a talk within the UniGR-CBS lecture series "Border Realities." Stay tuned!


Dr. Alina Mozolevska | alina.mozolevska(at)

Eva Nossem | e.nossem(at) | Tel.: +49 681 302-3573.

New publication

Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner & Prof. Dr. Hugo Burgos: Post(s) Vol. 7 (2021). Desbordes/Undoing Borders: hacia nuevas epistemologías fronterizas

Este número de post(s), propuesto por Astrid M. Fellner y Hugo Burgos, resalta las nuevas epistemologías fronterizas. Desbordes/Undoing Borders se enfoca en formas innovadoras de deshacer la frontera y proporciona un espacio para investigaciones exploratorias y creativas de los bordes, las zonas fronterizas, el conocimiento desde éstas y su destrucción o su desconocimiento. Se centra en cuestiones de estética de las fronteras, al enfocarse en las interacciones entre las manifestaciones materiales e inmateriales que ocurren en ellas y las diversas posibilidades de medios que existen para estudiarlas.

Desde que empezó la pandemia de Covid-19, el mundo ha sido testigo de otra fase en la proliferación de fronteras. La discusión sobre los roles complejos de los bordes, las fronteras y los límites se ha vuelto más relevante que nunca. Esta situación nos llama a reconceptualizar los procesos, discursos, prácticas y símbolos a través de los cuales funciona el poder de crear bordes.  Las fronteras, está claro, nunca son líneas estáticas, sino productos complejos en múltiples niveles. Incluso más si pensamos en cómo en la era posthumanista, el enfoque antropogénico limítrofe [bordering] ha llegado a sus límites (Konrad 2021), ya que nos enfrentamos con múltiples crisis ambientales y migratorias tanto a nivel local como transnacional. Teniendo en cuenta la importancia de los procesos fronterizos en el siglo XXI, este número de post(s) resalta las nuevas epistemologías fronterizas. Desbordes / Undoing Borders se enfoca en formas innovadoras de deshacer la frontera. Este número proporciona un espacio para investigaciones exploratorias de enfoques creativos de las fronteras, zonas y estados limítrofes, bordes permeables. post(s) 7 se enfoca en interacciones entre las manifestaciones materiales e inmateriales que ocurren en las fronteras y las diversas posibilidades de medios que existen para estudiarlas.

Bibliographic information
Fellner, Astrid M. & H. Burgos (2021). Desbordes/Undoing Borders: hacia nuevas epistemologías fronterizas. post(s), 7(7), 12 - 24.

New publication

Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner: Narratives of Border Crossings: Literary Approaches and Negotiations

How can we understand borders in terms of aesthetic practice? As borders are increasingly moving into the centre of cultural negotiations, the essays in this volume focus on anglophone fiction, film and TV series which employ border-crossing narratives and engage in narrative poetics of cultural encounters. Addressing the complex roles of borders in cultural representations, the articles analyse recent reconceptualisations of borders as processes and practices in border narratives. This book will appeal to anyone interested in cultural border studies as well as ethnic studies. With contributions by Pirjo Ahokas, Francesca de Lucia, Aikaterini Delikonstantinidou, Astrid M. Fellner, Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, Bettina Hofmann, Nadine M. Knight, Page Laws, Ludmilla Martanovschi, Janna Odabas, Silvia Schultermandl and Elke Sturm-Trigonakis.

Bibliographic information
Astrid M. Fellner, ed. (2021): Narratives of Border Crossings: Literary Approaches and Negotiations. Nomos.

New publication

Dr. Magdalena Pfalzgraf: Mobility in Contemporary Zimbabwean Literature in English

This monograph explores the concept of mobility in Zimbabwean works of fiction published in English between the introduction of the controversial
Fast Track Land Reform Programme and the end of the Mugabe era. Since 2000, Zimbabwe has experienced unprecedented levels of transnational
out-migration in response to the political conflicts and economic downturn often referred to as the Zimbabwe Crisis. This, in turn, has led to an increased outpouring of literary texts about migration, both in locally produced texts and in works by authors based in the diaspora. Situating Zimbabwe’s recent literary developments in a wider context of Southern African writing and history, this book focuses on texts that portray movement within Zimbabwe’s cities, between village and city, to South Africa, and overseas. The author examines important developments and trends in recent
Zimbabwean literature, investigating the link between state authoritarianism and control of mobility, and literature’s potential to intervene into dominant political discourses. The book includes in-depth analyses of ten recent works of fiction published in the post-2000 era and develops mobility as a key category of literary analysis of Zimbabwe’s contemporary literatures. Setting out a rich dialogue between literary criticism and mobility studies, this book will be of interest to researchers of African literature, Southern Africa, migration, and mobility.

Magdalena Pfalzgraf is a research associate in the Department of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University, Saarbrücken,
Germany, and an adjunct faculty member in the New English Literatures and Cultures (NELK) research division at Goethe University, Frankfurt.

Bibliographic information
Magdalena Pfalzgraf (2021): Mobility in Contemporary Zimbabwean Literature in English. Crossing Borders, Transcending Boundaries. Routledge.

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New publication

Dr. Lisa Johnson: Moves - Spaces - Places. The Life Worlds of Jamaican Women in Montreal. An Ethnography

In the complex and multi-layered process of migration and identity-building, classical migration theories and approaches of transnationalism seem no longer able to grasp how belonging and home are to be found in movement. This ethnography leads the reader into the lives of five Jamaican women in Montreal; their daily practices and experiences, their spaces of communion, their memories and projections for the future. Lisa Johnson sheds light on the mobile biographies and migratory agency of her interlocutors by following the intricate mental and physical trajectories of their deep-rooted yearning to return home.

Bibliographic information
Lisa Johnson (2021): Moves - Spaces - Places. The Life Worlds of Jamaican Women in Montreal. transcript.

IRTG Guest Professor Birte Nienaber

IRTG Guest Professor

Prof. Dr. Birte Nienaber (University of Luxembourg)

The International Research Training Group "Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces" (IRTG) and the Team of North American Literary and Cultural Studies (NamLitCult) at Saarland University are happy and proud to welcome Prof. Dr. Birte Nienaber (University of Luxemburg) as the current IRTG Guest Professor. Good to have you here, Birte!


Birte Nienaber received her PhD in Geography from the University of Münster in 2005 and her habilitation from Saarland University in 2012. Since 2013, she has worked as an associate professor at the University of Luxembourg. As a political geographer, she specialises in migration and border studies and publishes on youth mobility and migration, integration, asylum, and border studies. She coordinates numerous EU-funded projects in the area of migration, such as the H2020 projects MIMY “EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions” and MOVE “Mapping mobility - pathways, institutions and structural effects of youth mobility in Europe”. She is/was also a work package leader in the FP7 project DERREG “Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization”, and in the H2020 projects CEASEVAL “Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System under Pressure and Recommendations for Further Development” and RELOCAL “Resituating the Local in Cohesion and Territorial Development” (which deals with spatial integration of marginalized people). Birte Nienaber further coordinates the national EU contact points EMN and FRANET. She is also actively involved in the University of Greater Region- Center for Border Studies as a member of the Steering Board. Additionally, Nienaber is the course director of the trinational Master in Border Studies at the University of Luxembourg.

Description of her research as the IRTG Guest Professor:

People who experienced displacement/flight  (i.e. violence, war, natural disasters, climate change) find themselves very often in vulnerable conditions, in the  labour market, in education, in the political system, in the health care etc. of the destination countries. The collaboration together with the IRTG Diversity will explore the participation and empowerment of migrants during and after their displacement/flight experience, focussing on asylum seekers, recognised refugees and irregular migrants from the European and North American perspective. Through an open and academic exchange with different scholars, I will be able to contextualise the different forms of participation and empowerment of migrants who have been displaced.


Prof. Dr. Birte Nienaber | birte.nienaber(at)

Eva Nossem | e.nossem(at) | Tel.: +49 681 302-3573.

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor Johan Schimanski

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor

Prof. Dr. Johan Schimanski (University of Oslo)

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) and the Team of North American Literary and Cultural Studies (NamLitCult) at Saarland University are happy and proud to welcome Prof. Dr. Johan Schimanski (University of Oslo) as the current UniGR-CBS Guest Professor in Border Studies. Good to have you here, Johan!

From September to November 2021, Professor Johan Schimanski from the University of Oslo in Norway will take over the UniGR-Center for Border Studies guest professorship at Saarland University. In his research, Dr. Schimanski focuses on borders and literature, national identity in literature, postcolonialism, Arctic discourses, genre theory, and literary museums/author museums. Prof. Schimanski is professor of Literature with a strong interest in comparative literature and literary theory. He has published widely and with his groundbreaking work on border poetics and border aesthetics, he helped shape the field of literary and cultural border studies.

The results of his research stay at the UniGR-Center for Border Studies will be published in the UniGR-CBS Working Paper series. Furthermore, his stay is meant to increase and strengthen the cooperation between him and Prof. Fellner and the UniGR-Center for Border Studies.

On Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 12 pm CEST, Prof. Schimanski will be available for a networking meeting. Please register here:


Prof. Dr. Johan Schimanski | johan.schimanski(at)

Eva Nossem | e.nossem(at) | Tel.: +49 681 302-3573.

UniGR-CBS Closing Conference "Border Renaissance"

Border Renaissance: Recent Developments in Territorial, Cultural, and Linguistic Border Studies

On February 4 and 5, 2022, Saarland University will host the closing conference of the Interreg VA Greater Region-funded project "European Center for Competence and Knowledge in Border Studies" (2018-2022). The call for panels / papers for this conference, entitled "Border Renaissance: Recent Developments in Territorial, Cultural, and Linguistic Border Studies" is open, and the deadline ahs just been extended to October 15, 2022.

Please send your proposals to e.nossem(at)

More information about the conference will be available soon here on the website of the UniGR-Center for Border Studies.


Student project "Borderland Stories"

The project has started!

Starting 14 September 2021,Saarland University’s MA Border Studies offers a two-class module which combines ethnographic analysis and creative work in the visual arts to facilitate intercultural communication across two distinct European borderlands. Please find more information here. To sign up, please send an email to Prof Astrid Fellner or Tobias Schank. You do not have to sign up via LSF for this module.


UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor Daniela Johannes

UniGR-Center for Border Studies Guest Professor

Dr. Daniela Johannes (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) and the Team of North American Literary and Cultural Studies (NamLitCult) at Saarland University are happy and proud to welcome Dr. Daniela Johannes (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) as the current UniGR-CBS Guest Professor in Border Studies. Good to have you here, Daniela!

In June and July 2021, Professor Daniela Johannes from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. will take over the UniGR-Center for Border Studies guest professorship at Saarland University. In her research, Dr. Johannes focuses on the border between the United States and Mexico, especially in the Sonoran desert.

Dr. Daniela Johannes, who is originally from Chile, got her PhD in 2015 from the University of Arizona and is currently Associate Professor and Director of Latin American and Latinx Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA. During her bimonthly stay at the UniGR-Center for Border Studies, she will be working together with Prof. Astrid M. Fellner in the field of Chicana/o and Latinx Studies. Her project as the UniGR-CBS Chair in Border Studies will focus on the significance of the Sonoran Desert environment as a crucial aspect of U.S. securitization which propels a politics that controls death by natural causes as a way of conserving the life of the nation. She will work on recent Chicana/o writings, in which the border figures as a landscape of torture, disappearance, and death. She draws the attention to the role of the desert border environment as a political landscape, a structure where nature performs the part of a barrier.

The results of her research stay at the UniGR-Center for Border Studies will be published in the UniGR-CBS Working Paper series. Furthermore, her cooperation with Prof. Fellner is meant to increase and strengthen the cooperation between Saarland University and West Chester University.

In her talk "Dust and Death: Politics of Nature at the U.S.-Mexico Border" on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 at 4:15 pm CEST, Dr. Johannes will present her current research project to an interested audience. Please register here:


Dr. Daniela Johannes | daniela.johannes(at)

Eva Nossem | e.nossem(at) | Tel.: +49 681 302-3573.

The Call for Applications for our Master's Degree in Border Studies this fall is open!

The year is 2021. The entire world is struggling with COVID-19. Mobility has been limited and borders have been closed (again). Well, not entirely... A small group of indomitable academics in the border region of France, Germany, and Luxemburg still holds out against the current divisive rebordering trends, offering a joint Master’s program in Border Studies (MABS). The magic potion we brew for you will provide you with the skills needed in international cooperation and cross-border work also during and after corona. The interdisciplinary formula of the MABS will help you understand the social, cultural, political, and economic challenges of border regions and cross-border cooperations. You will gain theoretical knowledge of border problems, border cultures, border literatures, and constructions of “otherness,” following either the spatial track or focusing on the linguistic and cultural track.

We are still accepting applications for our trinational, trilingual MA Border Studies 2021 program!

Our Master in Border Studies is a two-year joint international study program, which addresses the complex economic, political, social and cultural issues of borders and of border regions in Europe and beyond.
The study program is designed for students with different disciplinary backgrounds who wish to develop the necessary skills and competencies to work in intercultural and cross-border settings.

The multilingual study program is located in three countries at four different universities:
•    University of Luxembourg (LUX)
•    University of Lorraine (FR)
•    Saarland University (DE)
•    University of Kaiserslautern (DE)

For more info, see:

In order to apply at Saarland U, go to:

For more info, you can also contact Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner and Prof. Dr. Peter Dörrenbächer at ma_border_studies[at]

New publication

UniGR-CBS Borders in Perspective Vol. 4: Bordering in Pandemic Times

In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, borders have become relevant (again) in political action and in people's everyday lives within a very short time. This was especially true for the inhabitants of border regions, whose cross-border life worlds were suddenly irritated by closed borders and police controls. However, the COVID-19 pandemic also led to an increased evidence of social, cultural, eco-nomic, health and mobility boundaries beyond national borders.

The authors of this new issue of “UniGR-CBS Borders in Perspective” shed light on these dynamics from the perspective of territorial borders, social boundaries, and (dis)continuities in border regions through a variety of thematic and spatial approaches. Their critical observations and scientific comments were made during the lockdown in April and May 2020 and provide insights into the events during the global pandemic.

Bibliographic information and download
Christian Wille and Rebekka Kanesu (Eds.) (2020): Bordering in Pandemic Times. Insights into the COVID-19 Lockdown. Borders in Perspective, Vol. 4, UniGR-Center for Border Studies, DOI:

Contents (excerpt):
•    Linguistic rebordering: Constructing COVID-19 as an external threat (Eva Nossem)
•    "What’s Home Gotta Do With It?" Reflections on Homing, Bordering, and Social Distancing in COVID-19 Times (Astrid M. Fellner)

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

Online Event for Prospective Students

Live Chat - Master in Border Studies

June 4, 2020 - 11:00 am CET

in English, German, and French

live on Zoom:


Borders are now more important than ever. Why not study Border Studies?! Join us online to find out more about our trinational & trilingual Masters in Border Studies. Here is your opportunity to talk to your future teachers who will tell you about our unique program and answer any questions you may have.

For further information see

The deadline for application for the Master in Border Studies is June 18, 2020.

NamLitCult on twitter!

The Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University is on twitter!

You find us at @NamLitCult.

CfP "Enlightenment as a 'Battle Term'"

The working group "Enlightenment" seeks proposals for their interdisciplinary conference "ENLIGHTENMENT AS A 'BATTLE TERM': Intellectual strategies and transcultural controversies" to be held on 30 September - 02 October 2020 at Saarland University.

Please send an abstract (German, English or French) for a 25-minute presentation (max. 1 page) and a short scientific CV by 5 April 2020 to:


Starting from the Age of the European Enlightenment in the 18th century, the conference aims to examine and connect discourses and practices of the Enlightenment in different disciplines and fields of investigation up to the present day. We welcome contributions that examine literary texts, media strategies or historical events from the perspective of literary studies, theology, history, media theory, and/or cultural studies and with regard to the context of debates on concepts and practices of the Enlightenment.

The conference deliberately focuses on the 'Enlightenment' as a battle term and thus draws attention to the question of how the idea of Enlightenment as well as the language and metaphors associated with it have been used to enforce or combat certain concepts, structures, and practices. In this way, the conference helps to build bridges to current debates, because the international and transcultural significance of the concept of Enlightenment becomes clear precisely at the moment in which it is transferred into a contemporary discourse that renegotiates human self-responsibility in the 21st century and once again raises the question of the “dialectic of Enlightenment” (following Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno).

Click here for full CfP


Thanks to everyone...

... who participated, who helped, and who - in one way or the other - contributed to the success of

Intersections 2019 - Stonewall 50: Getting out of the Gender and Sexuality Box

12-30 June 2019

Film screenings, talks, lectures, workshops, and a performance!

For more infos see

New publication

Rethinking Gender in Popular Culture in the 21st Century: Marlboro Men and California Gurls

Edited by Astrid M. Fellner, Marta Fernández-Morales and Martina Martausová

Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

This book explores popular culture representations of gender, offering a rich and accessible discussion of masculinities and femininities in 21st-century popular media. It brings together contributors from various European countries to investigate the workings of gender in contemporary pop culture products in a brave, original, and rigorous way.
This volume is both an academic proposal and an exercise of commitment to a serious analysis of some of the media that influence us most in our everyday lives. Representation matters, and the position we take as viewers or consumers during reception matters even more.

New publication

(Pop-) Cultures on the Move: Transnational Identifications and Cultural Exchange Between East and West.

Ed. by Astrid M. Fellner, Tetiana Ostapchuk and Bärbel Schlimbach

Saarbrücken: Universaar, 2018.

This collection examines how the signifier 'America' functions as an intermediary in the production of transnational identities and analyzes how different forms of cultural exchange between 'East' and 'West' are constituted in literary and cultural texts. In particular, the essays investigate the transnational flow of cultural texts, analyzing how, by whom, and to what purposes and effects (pop)cultural practices have been appropriated and transferred to local contexts and how the significance of place, especially the category of the national, has changed in the process. Analyzing various spaces of cultural transmission, the articles focus on patterns of movement and the flows of culture in order to approximate the question of whether the dialogue with 'America' in the 21st century still plays a vital role in the production of 'European' identities. What specific role does the flexibility and adaptability of the signifier 'American' play in this intermediary function of American culture? This book therefore gauges the potential and the limits of 'American' culture as a third term that can 'other' both national and European traditions (for identification or dis-identification) and can serve to reconstruct and to transgress national cultural identities.

Download book here.